Running a shop that uses hydraulic equipment means you know how to avoid some common problems that may occur. Hydraulic lifts, jacks and tools can make your job a lot easier. However, when a problem arises with your hydraulic equipment, you may end up dealing with costly down time and repairs. Check out some issues with hydraulics you and your employees can avoid to help you save time and money in your business.
The Benefits Of Accurate And Regular Hydraulic Oil Analysis
If you change hydraulic oils based on the hours a particular machine has run, you could be wasting your money. Oil is certainly not cheap, so using the oil you buy until it is completely depleted is important for saving money. Investing in regularly scheduled oil analysis is the best way to learn whether the oil needs to be changed or not, regardless of the number of hours a hydraulic machine has been used. Always check the condition of oil before you replace it.
Low Hydraulic Fluid Levels Can Cause Dangerous Problems
Running a hydraulic machine while it is low on hydraulic fluid is dangerous because it will run too hot. You can remedy this problem fairly quickly by simply adding the appropriate amount of hydraulic fluid. If you still have a problem with high temperature, checking the heat exchanger is recommended. Sometimes dirt and other debris clog the core and compromise cooling capabilities. For this reason, making sure you maintain a regular schedule for machine maintenance is essential. During your maintenance checks, always checking the heat exchanger is a good idea to prevent the core from becoming clogged.
When Your Hydraulic Equipment Becomes Unusually Noisy
When a hydraulic machine starts making strange noises, checking for air in the fluid is a good place to start looking for the reason. Sometimes, couplings in the pump or the motor become loosened and fall out of alignment. Out-of-the-ordinary noises could be caused by relief valve poppets and seats being worn out. During maintenance checks, be sure to replace used-up filters and always clean out strainers to help stop noises in the pump. If you think a coupling is loose, tightening all them to ensure you get the right one is best. Remember to top off fluids that may have leaked from misaligned couplings. Also, if you find worn out parts, replacing them is recommended to avoid further, more expensive hydraulic repairs later on.
Taking the time to ensure every employee is trained to properly operate and maintain your hydraulic equipment is important. Running the most profitable business is easier when you can count on your employees knowing how to run and care for your expensive machinery and equipment.